writes: In a recorded interview Michael Jackson did with his friend Brett Ratner, he reveals his lesson learned about the record companies:
BR: What is your greatest lesson learned?
MJ: Not to trust everybody ... not to trust everybody in the industry; there's a lot of sharks. And the record companies steal; they cheat. You have to audit them. And it's time for artists to take a stand against them, because they totally take advantage of them ... totally. They forget that it's the artists who make the company. Not the company make the artist. Without the talent, the company would be nothing but just ... hardware, and just ... you know ... and uh ... it takes a real good talent that the ... that the public wants to see.
The video is in black and white and it may have been secretly recorded. It begins with audio only and video comes on at 2:17 into the recording. At 3:06 the big question is asked.